The Minnesota Timberwolves have beaten a host of teams to the signing of unrestricted free agent Kevin Martin, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The 30-year-old swingman Martin was also reportedly being courted by both the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks among others, but the Timberwolves front office moved quickly to secure a verbal agreement from the player on a four-year-deal.
The move cannot be made official until July 10, when the NBA moratorium on trades and free agent signings is due to end.
Speaking about the move, Martin told USA SPORTS Today: "Minny was my first option outside OKC, so I've got to take it. Especially being (with coach Rick) Adelman, and their starting lineup just needed a two-guard, so I feel like it's a perfect fit. I'm not one to play around. I know where my heart is."
Taken 26th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2004 draft, Martin remained in the Californian capital, where he played under the tutelage of current Timberwolves head coach Adelman, until 2010 when he was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team arrangement that also involved the New York Knicks.
While in Houston, Martin again played under Adelman before eventually being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in October 2012 as a vital component of the blockbuster deal that saw James Harden move to Texas.
Martin averaged a respectable 14 points and 45% shooting during his solitary season with the Thunder, whose season culminated in a disappointing 4-1 series defeat to Lionel Hollins' Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semi-finals.
Martin is not the only piece of positive business conducted thus far by the Timberwolves during the early stages of the 2013 free agency period. In addition, they have also managed to retain the services of forward Chase Budinger.
The 25-year-old Budinger, a former Houston team-mate of Martin who suffered hugely with injury last season and was restricted to just 23 appearances, has reportedly agreed a three-year-contract to remain in Minnesota.
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